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The Animal Care course offers students the opportunity to work with small and large animals, as appropriate. This enables students to develop the skills to care for their charges, as well as practising valuable transferable life and employability skills.

The course is person-centred and ranges from holding and grooming small animals, to enable students to gain understanding and empathy for their needs, to the more complex and demanding area of animal welfare, housing, nutrition and life-cycle.

Animal care at Oakwood Court College is delivered in partnership with a number of providers, ensuring that this subject encompasses many areas, from small animals to Equine. These varied environments give students a realistic experience in actual working placements.

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Aims and Objectives

Developing and expanding the knowledge and skills to care for animals.

To develop essential employability skills:

  • Time keeping/punctuality.
  • Team work.
  • Independence.
  • Listening and responding.
  • Communication (holistically).
  • Following instructions.
  • Developing self worth and self esteem.
  • Develop and expand self confidence and self belief.
  • Considering the needs of others/ empathy.
  • Learning to take responsibility.
  • Health and safety.
  • Animal welfare.
  • Recording and reporting.

Assessment Methods

Assessment is made by means of appropriate targets set for each student/session. These are evaluated and information from each session informs the targets for the next. This enables the tutor to map progress and target specific areas for improvement. Students also undertake accreditation according to ability. All qualifications have a progressive focus that measures student ability and achievement against specific criteria. Students work submitted for moderation both internally and externally before award of the relevant qualification. This can result in a meaningful external City and Guilds qualification:

  • Entry Level 2 & 3
  • Work Based animal care level 1
  • Work based animal care level 2
  • Land Based Level 1 (combined studies)

Functional Skills Embedding

Each student works on a set of individual core targets, derived from a diagnostic assessment, to calculate the appropriate level of learning required. In addition to this all learners are given tasks within the session to encourage the embedding of literacy and numeracy wherever possible.


  • Speaking, listening and communication
  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Representing
  • Analysing
  • Sequencing
  • Measuring


  • Using ICT
  • Finding and selecting information
  • Developing, presenting and communicating information

Individual Programme Subjects Areas

  • Equine
  • Small animals
  • Poultry
  • Farm animals
  • Animal accommodation
  • Feeding and watering of animals
  • Health and wellbeing of animals
  • Industry experience / animal duties
  • Movement and handling of animals
  • Safe working practices
  • Developing personal performance
  • Animal behaviour